For an EP just twelve and a half minutes long there's a lot to digest
with this first release by Death Blooms. Over the four songs they've
managed a rare thing, to blend a wide cross section of elements from
the Metal/Punk genres to create a sound that feels fresh but still familiar
enough to attract even the purest of genre diehards. Fans of bands as
varied as While She Sleeps, Feed The Rhino, Comeback Kid, Touche Amore,
and even Mudhoney should find much to rave over.
There's some seriously on point metal riffage going on but it's delivered
with an unrestrained chaotic urgency, a feel reminiscent of the early
punk and grunge garage scenes, despite the modern and well produced
sound. The vocals bark and spit with an unrefined passion that leaves
no doubt the lyrics have meaning. The music has an underlying rawness
that keeps the feel constantly alive, the guitars are always busy with
noise between the riffs adding to the overall sound of utter bedlam.
That's not to say the band isn't polished. The playing is quality, the
songwriting is certainly sophisticated. No end of musical twists and
turns build the pandemonium towards soaring melodic choruses and hooky
vocal lines, even a quiet harmonious breakdown, the various juxtapositions
between each making every moment of this record memorable.
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